2015 MLB Draft – Final Day

The 2015 draft starts on MLBN tonight at 4 pm MDT and runs for the next three days.  You can follow the picks live via Twitter.  By most accounts the top five talents are Dansby Swanson, Brendan Rodgers, Alex Bregman, Carson Fulmer (RHP), and Dillon Tate (RHP).  Some sources including sdcarp say that Tate is ticketed for bullpen.  If the Rockies want to go with a pitcher with their third overall pick, they would be wise to go with Fulmer instead of Jay.  Rockies have #3, #27, #38, and #44 picks tonight. A really good summary of the talent was provided by Purple Row’s Sage Farron.

 

 

RD PICK PLAYER SCHOOL POS B/T CLASS SCOUTING VIDEO PLAYER INFO
1 3 Rodgers, Brendan Lake Mary HS (FL) SS R/R HS Watch Now 6’0″ 180lbs DOB: 08/09/96
1 27 Nikorak, Mike Stroudsburg HS (PA) RHP R/R HS Watch Now 6’5″ 205lbs DOB: 09/16/96
CB A 38 Nevin, Tyler Poway HS (CA) 3B R/R HS Watch Now 6’4″ 200lbs DOB: 05/29/97
2 44 Lambert, Peter San Dimas HS (CA) RHP R/R HS Watch Now 6’2″ 185lbs DOB: 04/18/97
3 77 Medina, Javier Sahuaro HS (AZ) RHP R/R HS 6’2″ 190lbs DOB: 08/09/96
4 107 Hill, David University of San Diego (CA) RHP R/R JR 6’2″ 195lbs DOB: 05/27/94
5 137 French, Parker Texas (TX) RHP L/R SR 6’2″ 225lbs DOB: 03/19/93
6 167 Wynkoop, Jack South Carolina (SC) LHP L/L JR Watch Now 6’5″ 200lbs DOB: 11/02/93
7 197 Mundell, Brian Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo (CA) 1B R/R JR 6’3″ 230lbs DOB: 02/28/94
8 227 Welmon, Colin Loyola Marymount University (CA) RHP L/R SR 6’3″ 190lbs DOB: 08/07/92
9 257 Killian, Trey Arkansas (AR) RHP R/R JR Watch Now 6’3″ 190lbs DOB: 03/24/94
10 287 Anderson, Cole Rocky Mountain HS (CO) CF R/R HS 5’11” 190lbs DOB: 02/07/97
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jaredean
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jaredean
5 years ago

I agree on Swanson or Rogers, but if the past has shown us anything it is that this team doesn’t draft talent, they draft position and with a Tulo contract into the next decade I don’t see them grabbing Swanson. If they do grab him, then that might be a clear sign that we are looking to turn around and flip him in a deal, which is also a good idea. Don’t see that happening because it is such a… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Brendan Rodgers – SWEET – #1 Baseball America!

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Best player in the draft. At the draft. MLB Gang loves its.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

I can’t tell you how psyched I am that they went best available instead of pitcher. We’ll see what happens at pick #27, but hopefully this trend continues.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Two scenarios at #27. Conventional – since we’ll probably have to go over slot to sign Rodgers, a “reach” on a player here makes since. Maybe save 250K-500K that can be shifted to help with Rodgers. Out-of-the-Box Big Cojones Move – trading Tulo, Cargo, JDLR, at minimum saves +/- 50M next year. We’ll probably have to pick up some of their salaries – so say we save 30M. Use some of that money to pay over slot tax and go… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

BTW – I hereby nominate the nickname Joe Dirt to Rodgers:

http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.P/wiafBhSptc4sJL5yFJzQ&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

ouch – giants take phil bickford. he was on my radar at #27.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

wow – purple row is reporting Rodgers has already agreed to a contract with the Rockies. I find that hard to believe, but it’s great news if true.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Lots of “passed” players available. Rodgers has already agreed to terms. $$$$ for slot should be completely known. Rockies are in drivers seat for this pick.

Funkhouser?

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Good pitchers out there for 27 — thanks to some of the teams in front of us for passing on pitching.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Chris Betts would also be a great pick here.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Nikorak……on the Rox radar for a longtime…..physically present at draft.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

#15 prospect OA. Rox with #1 OA and #15 OA with #3 and #27 picks.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

hmmmm….turns out Rodgers and Nikorak are buddies from all-star games.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

This tells me Rodgers came in “on slot.” Massive night for Rockies.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Has touched 97 on the gun in his HS games this Spring.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Two more picks tonight Boyz and Girlz.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

If the Rox pull off Funkhouser or Betts at #38 I’ll be stoked.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Dodgers just snagged Funkhouser. He’ll be a tough sign. Dodgers can get that done.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Daz Cameron will be picked up by the Astros.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Carp, 2 high schoolers with our 1st round picks – watch out MLB for our 2019-2022 contention window!

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Holy cow…..word leaked that the Rox will take Phil Nevin’s son Tyler at #38.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

We might have to dust off the old RWO Grand Junction meetup idea to see Rogers and Nikorak this summer.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

What a freakin draft by the Rox…..going High School. Being cognizant of the 2018/2019 contention window. Someone is doing some thinking for a change.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

#44 will come quickly. Chris Betts still hanging out there. Tells me there may be a signability issue.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Mike Matuella is still hanging out there – coming off TJ surgery. Generally thought of as a top 5 pick coming into this year. He might come in at slot considering injury. Typically not a fan of guys coming off TJ…..but this is far enough down to roll the dice,

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Peter Lambert. UCLA Commit. Worry a bit about signing this one.

We’ll see. I very much like taking the young guys, being cognizant of a contention window. Now the Rox to get Tulo and Cargo traded for the highest return possible.

sabrchip
sabrchip
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

What works good with these HS picks is that if they take three to four years to develop, then if Tulo and Cargo are still here, at least there won’t be that much left on those contracts that far down the line. Remember that this draft is considered a weak one as far as impact players are concerned. There could be some hidden gems in the HS kids tho. This may be one of those “from out of left field”… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Another high schooler at 44 … carp, they’re listening to you!

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
5 years ago

Just read where one of Brendan Rogers’ Little League coaches was none other than Dante Bichette.

sabrchip
sabrchip
5 years ago

Good draft so far. Saw Spilly interview Rodgers whose stoked about being with Rox and his old pal Forrest Wall. Definitely like the 94-97 mph Nikorek pick out of HS. Keep his mechanics right and he could reach 97-100 in 3 years. Not sure about Nevin. He was rated #87 by BA so he probably won’t move very fast. Lambert, if he signs and there’s no reason to think the Rox wasted a #44 pick on someone who won’t sign.… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  sabrchip

Spilly was excellent – in general! Lambert – there is a reason that he may not sign – UCLA. Strong program. Program that develops players. Don’t get me wrong – I hope he signs – and if I’m his parents I tell the Rox to put 200K in an annuity for college at some point down the road and sign for 1.1M (his slot was 1.3M). But don’t be shocked if this is the slot where the Rox “gain” 1.3M… Read more »

jaredean
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jaredean
5 years ago

Excellent article on Rodgers:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/draft/2015/06/08/brendan-rodgers-colorado-rockies-shortstop-lake-mary-high-school-mlb-draft/28717371/

MAN i’m stoked for this kid!!! Great draft pick Rox…i guess a crappy year last year did have a somewhat silver lining…

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

BA #87 overall. Roughly #35 High School Player. This will shock you (not!), but I was following probably at least a dozen blogs/websites leading up to the Draft and at least two had Nevin to the Rox at either #27 or #38.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

I don’t worry about TJ surgeries for position players.

Also – even though I preach about not worrying about this stuff early on – don’t be shocked if Nevin doesn’t ultimately become a big lumber 1st baseman.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

FWIW – I don’t have a preference for HS vs College in general. I think it’s totally based on the team drafting. HS makes a ton of sense for the Rockies in this Draft, and probably next year as well. I’m pleasantly surprised that they recognize this. It meshes with the 2019-2022 contention window. As we move to the 2017 and 2018 draft, we may need to shift to college players (shorter horizon to get to majors). Just depends where… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Ranked #221 by BA.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

David Hill – BA #44, Rox 2nd pick of Round #3. This is a PERFECT example of why I’m so mad at the Rockies regarding Jon Gray. I’m not a fan of “pitch to contact” at Coors Field. But let’s set that aside. Even “if” pitch to contact is the correct strategy, you don’t waste the #3 OA pick on a flame throwing strikeout guy and turn him into a pitch to contact guy. That’s just plain dumb. You take… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Maybe I’ll change my screen name from sdcarp to “Free Jon Gray.”

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

This is a much better strategy. Take elite offensive players early, then add to organization pitching depth by taking a “volume” approach by taking a bunch of pitchers slightly later. A couple of these “volume” guys will pan out with the correct player development.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

“Parker French.” Are you serious? He needs to change his name.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

My take on drafting high schoolers: 1. The best talent, in general, never makes it to college. Just like the the NBA before the “college freshman and up” draft eligibility rule. Therefore, all things being equal, we can expect the college pool to consist of a large percentage of less than elite talent. 2. The recent great players — Harper, Trout, even Arenado — were, for this reason, drafted out of high school. 3. But there still is more risk… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Specific to your #4 – Ideally, you’re always in contention, so the draft is just a constant restocking of the Farm System, with an occasional short term need pick (like the Royals last year with Finnegan). The Rockies have gotten so far sidetracked that a realistic contention window is years down the road. Hence the “contention window” comment – but that’s largely a “Rockies only” comment. I totally agree that the Astros did us a favor by drafting Bregman. But… Read more »

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